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Published: April 6th 2018
Olney, the Home of Amazing Grace
This the town where John Newton was the church minister. He was the author of Amazing Grace and is buried in the local churchyard.
Had a lovely sleep at Michele's and had a sad goodbye this morning. They are like my English family. Big hugs all round. I left Olney at about 9:30 and started the 3 hour drive to Uckfield and the Bluebell Railway. The traffic was pretty ordinary, particularly on the M25 (I hate the M25). Found the Bluebell Railway at about 12:30. Train was leaving at 1:30 so I had some time. I found the ticket office and learnt that I was the only person booked on for lunch. I had a whole table to myself. The buffet car filled up with ordinary passengers but they only bought food on for me! The lovely lady said that food would start once we got underway but would I like a cup of tea to start. Oh my, the pot was huge and during the whole trip she filled it up 3 times with the saying, 'You've got to have a fresh pot, love'. I had ordered a vegetarian plowman's lunch. It was yummy. The train apparently goes through fields of bluebells, hence its name, but we were a bit early in April and also it's been so cold that I think Spring is
running late. There were beautiful little lemon primroses growing wild and some other little white flowers that I'm not sure of. There were lots of pheasants in the fields. They are really dumb birds, they are squashed over the roads everywhere. I slowed down so I wouldn't hit one and he tried to get through a wire fence with 10cm holes! He tried about 5 or 6 while I watched.
The train trip took almost two hours pulled by a beautiful steam train called Camelot. It was lovely and restful. One of the stations called Horsted Keynes is the station used when they were filming Downton Abbey. One side of the station was Kings Cross and the other platform was Downton Station. Very cool... I love Downton Abbey.
After the train ride I had to get to Bognor Regis where I'm staying for the next two nights. It was only 74 klms and I thought maybe an hour. Meanwhile 2 hours later I was still stuck in traffic. Finally arrived here at about 5:30 and yahoo, this hotel has a lift and I don't have to drag my suitcase UP stairs. I have a lovely room over looking
the rubbish bins! The room is really lovely but the front of the hotel overlooks the sea so that would have been nicer but at least it has a double bed but the internet is only in public areas which is where I am at the moment typing this blog.
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